Antoine de Caunes

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Antoine de Caunes
Antoine de Caunes 2013.jpg
Antoine de Caunes at 2013 César Awards
Born (1953-12-01) 1 December 1953 (age 64)[1]
Paris, France[1]
Occupation Television presenter, film actor, director
Children 2, including Emma de Caunes
Parent(s) Georges de Caunes
Jacqueline Joubert

Antoine de Caunes (born 1 December 1953) is a French television presenter, actor, writer and film director.[2][3][4][5] He is the son of two prominent French personalities, television journalist-reporter Georges de Caunes and television announcer Jacqueline Joubert. He is the father of the actress Emma de Caunes.


He began his career writing theme songs for cartoons for Antenne 2 under the pseudonym of Paul Persavon, including Cobra and Space Sheriff Gavan (known in France as X-Or).

His early TV appearances included Chorus (1975), the series Les Enfants du rock, again for A2, and then his breakthrough with Nulle part ailleurs for Canal+.[6]

De Caunes came to fame in the English-speaking world on the BBC2 television series Rapido, notable for his catchphrase, in the thickest of French accents, "Rap, Rap, Rap, Rapiiiidoo".[7][8] He then went on to create the long-running adult entertainment programme Eurotrash with Jean-Paul Gaultier for Channel 4.[9][10] He also presented a short-lived chat show on Channel 4 called Le Show. In addition he appeared in an advertising campaign for Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles ice lollies, which he claimed to be "a French lollipop, on a very British stick".

Since September 2013, he hosts Canal + daily evening show Le Grand Journal.

He provided voices in the Aardman Animation TV show Rex the Runt.

He has been a long-time AIDS awareness campaigner, fronting the organisation Soirées de l'humour — Solidarité sida.


As an Actor[edit]

As an Actor on Television[edit]

As Director[edit]

Voice Work[edit]


2 CD Titles, Il a pas peur de personne,’’ Film Music by BO from the animated show Lucky Luke televised on France 3 and sold in 2001 by Sony Music.

Song writer [11] · :[12]



Antoine de Caunes wrote his first book published with Éditions Albin Michel in the collection Rock & Folk in the Magma groupe:

He wrote two novels about the conquests of the New York private detective, Sam Murchinson:

Several collections of his speeches Nulle part ailleurs were published; texts written with Albert Algoud:

  • Vous permettez que je vous appelle Raymond ?,’’ 1990.
  • Pas mal pour un lundi,’’ 1990.
  • J'aime beaucoup ce que vous faites, 1991
  • Une ambulance peut en cacher une autre, 1992.
  • Bien entendu, je plaisante, 1993. ISBN 2226063293
  • Le Petit Gildas illustré, 1993. ISBN 2226063811

He also wrote a dictionary:

Radio Shows[edit]

  • Popopop, since August 2017, every weekdays at 3pm UK time, on France Inter, National French radio station



  1. ^ a b "The Observer Profile: Antoine de Caunes | Interviews | Film". London: Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  2. ^ Film (2004-04-12). "Steeckler for accuracy". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ Rose, Toby (2008-06-25). "France laps up De Caunes' tears of a clown | Film |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Antoine de Caunes". 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  5. ^ Weinberg, Kate (2009-03-02). "Culture Clinic: Antoine de Caunes". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  6. ^ Les Morsures de L’Aube[permanent dead link],
  7. ^ James Rampton (1996-02-17). "Contentious? Moi? - Life & Style". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  8. ^ Serena Mackesy (1997-05-03). "Sads, mads and le lad - Arts & Entertainment". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  9. ^ "Le dude | From the Guardian |". London: Guardian. 1999-05-08. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  10. ^ Conway, Susannah (2002-04-23). "Jean Paul Gaultier turns fifty | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
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